Springfield is Broken

Jack Franks Trying to Take Lawmakers Out of District Mapping Process

Mike Riopell on April 18th, 2016: The proposal from state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, is asking lawmakers to take themselves out of the process that draws the borders of the districts from which they’re elected. Instead of lawmakers and a governor redrawing the map after every census, the Illinois Supreme Court would appoint [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Jack Franks’ Bill Banning New Layers of Government Passes

Mike Riopell on December 27th, 2015: Read their lips: No new government. Lawmakers voted to ban themselves from creating new local governments for the next four years, a nod to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to consolidate. The legislation from Connelly and Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo wouldn’t apply to creating a new government [Read More]